Water Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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When you first notice water damage, knowing the next step, or even helpful tips of what you should do are hard to come by. And, that's also why water damage is so difficult. It's not a typical event the average person normally deals with and so knowing how to navigate next steps is unclear. 

At SERVPRO of Berlin / Williamstown we care for our customers and our neighbors. Keep these ideas close to mind, and follow our Do's and Do Nots below. 

  • Remove the water. You accomplish this through the two-fold process of mopping and blotting (a fancy restoration term for patting surfaces, absorbing water while avoiding a rubbing motion). 
  • Wipe the water. Remove water from wood surfaces, lamps and tabletop items.
  • For upholstery and cushions; remove and prop up.  
  • For furniture. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting to prevent further floor damage.
  • Use your AC. Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying and moisture removal.  
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting, or they will stain.
  • Art. Move these items to a safe and dry place.
  • Loose items. Gather and store appropriately. 

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (856) 728-7350

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.